14 Things You Didn’t Know Your Wedding Planner Can Do
Wedding planners are one of the most critical components of an amazing wedding day, but you may not even realize the full scope of wedding planner duties. Beyond their incredible advice, guidance, and organization, a wedding planner can handle all—and I mean all— the little things many couples need an extra hand to cover.
1. Develop Design Elements
Often times, when you hear "wedding planner" and immediately think logistics and coordination. But even more than that, most full-service wedding planners include design services to help couples select color palettes, decor, rentals, lighting, and an overall aesthetic that carries throughout their entire event.
2. Initiate Family Mediation
Weddings can be a challenging time for family dynamics. Emotions are heightened and a wedding planner can hold conversations that need to happen and find compromises between the different parties.
3. Schedule Your Wedding Meetings
A good wedding planner is always two steps ahead, so they’ll likely take on the task of scheduling any vendor or venue meetings leading up to the big day.
4. Manage Wedding Finances
A wedding planner helps you develop and oversee your budget, and also keep track of when your payments are due so no deadline ever gets missed.
5. Set Up Your Wedding Website
Your planner can help take care of all the details regarding setting up and updating your wedding website. One more thing off your to-do list.
6. Send Off Invitations
Wedding planner duties include time-consuming details like sending off invitation so that you enjoy a stress free wedding planning process.
7. Track Your RSVPs
Every couple who’s been through the planning process knows exactly how stressful managing those RSVPs can be. It doesn't have to be with a wedding planner by your side!
8. Offer Fashion Input and Expertise
Wedding planner duties can include offering invaluable guidance on the bride’s own wedding gown and accessory selection. They can also lend their expert advice when deciding what your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family members, and the little ones will wear.
9. Look Into Potential Vendors
So now you have a wedding planner, but what about the rest of the vendor crew? Leave it to your planner to vet any potential hires to make sure you’re only working with truly reputable professionals.
10. Offer Etiquette & Wedding Customs Advice
From seating chart dilemmas to wedding stationery wording to awkward "plus one" invites, a wedding planner is a couple’s go-to resource for all things proper etiquette. Your wedding planner can also help with any wedding customs you wish to incorporate in your wedding.
11. Plan the Guest Experience
When it comes to the wedding weekend, it’s all about the experience and your wedding planner is going to make sure your guests get one to remember. They’ll coordinate details like travel, hotel room blocks, day-of transportation, and welcome bags while you sit back and enjoy the memories.
12. Help Style Wedding Photos
Rest assured that your planner will closely with both the photographer and videographer to stay on schedule, make sure they are present during all events, style your paper products, and make sure the bride doesn’t have a piece of hair dangling in her face that she’ll regret in the photos. You don't want to miss a group photo of smiling faces, do you?
13. Manage Unruly Guests
The last thing a couple wants to deal with is a guest who has had a few too many and is causing a total scene. A great planner will make sure any overindulgent guests get some coffee or other assistance and kindly move them out of the spotlight.
14. Ensure No Moment Gets Missed
What does a wedding planner do on your wedding day? A planner will make sure your loved ones don’t accidentally miss out on key moments. From speeches to the cake cutting to first dance, they’ll ensure your family is present every step of the way.